Firefighters and a Friend Save House After Fire Breaks Out in Bedroom

Smoke poured out of a bedroom on the second floor of a house in Hansom Hills on Thursday afternoon. Michael Heller

Update, 7:02 p.m.: Firefighters quickly put out a house fire in Hansom Hills on Thursday afternoon, but Chief Ken Wessberg said the department could not take all the credit. Swift thinking by a friend of the Silich family, who own the home, helped firefighters save it, the chief said. 

"It was a great stop. Thanks to Kim Hren," Chief Wessberg said Thursday night. A woman cleaning the house at 22 Fetlock Drive heard smoke detectors sounding at about 2:30 p.m. and called Ms. Hren, who was on her way to the house already, he said. The fire, in a bedroom on the second floor, had broken through a window. "She got the dogs out and shut the door to the room. That was the perfect thing to do. It contained the fire," he said of Ms. Hren.

"If she had not done that, we would probably be having a different conversation."

Ms. Hren did not stop there. She grabbed a garden hose with a nozzle and pointed it up at the window from the ground floor. 

When firefighters arrived, "We hit it quick," he said. "It was over quickly."

The room's contents were destroyed. The chief was not sure what caused the blaze. The town fire marshal's office is investigating. No one was injured.

The house is owned by Linda and Andrija Silich. The couple and Ms. Hren own Groundworks @ Hrens in East Hampton. 

"We are so grateful to our business partner and best friend, Kimberly Hren, and the Town of East Hampton for taking such swift actions," the couple said in a statement. "The volunteer firemen and community of East Hampton validate the spirit of our community that comes together in time of need. We are shaken but grateful nobody was hurt." 

Ms. Hren could not immediately be reached.

Originally, 5:26 p.m.: East Hampton firefighters quickly put out a fire that started in a bedroom in a house in the Hansom Hills subdivision on Thursday afternoon.

A 911 caller reported smoke in the residence at 22 Fetlock Drive just before 2:30 p.m. When Fire Chief Ken Wessberg arrived he found smoke pouring out of a second-story window in front of the house. 

Firefighters on the first arriving truck entered the house and found the fire in a bedroom. They quickly put out the blaze while it was still contained to the one room. Other than a charred mattress firefighters threw out onto the front lawn, there was little evidence of a fire. 

No injuries were reported. The East Hampton Town fire marshal's office is working to determine the cause of the fire.  

Firefighters made haste with a hose line.Michael Heller
Firefighters packed up after the fire was extinguished. Durell Godfrey